GREENSBORO Acrane towers over much of the north end of downtown this summer, as construction accelerates on the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.

If all goes as planned, the $84.7 million center will open in March 2020 on the 5-acre site surrounded by North Elm and East Lindsay streets and Abe Brenner Place.

The 111,000-square-foot structure of limestone and glass will house a state-of-the-art venue with more than 3,000 seats on three levels. It will replace the now-razed War Memorial Auditorium in the Greensboro Coliseum complex.

Look for an 8,000-square-foot lobby, an outdoor patio, and an outdoor terrace overlooking LeBauer Park.

Expect sound unrivaled among similar venues in the country, planners say.

The Tanger Center will feature the Meyer Sound Constellation electronic acoustic enhancement system. The Constellation system combines electro-acoustic technology with a venue’s physical architecture to provide natural-sounding acoustics.

The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and its supporters long had lobbied for that system for the classical concerts it will play there.

A separate amplified sound system will be used for touring Broadway shows, rock concerts, comedians, symphony Pops concerts and Bryan Series lectures by prominent speakers.

The venue will be able to switch easily between the two.

“We will have the best sound systems for a 3,000-seat performing arts center in the country,” said Greensboro Coliseum Managing Director Matt Brown, who oversees the project.

The Tanger Center’s $84.7 million cost will be shared by the city and private donors recruited by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, partners in the project.

Steven Tanger, president and chief executive officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, received naming rights by making the top pledge of $7.5 million.

Brown said he’s pleased that it will be financed without taxpayer dollars, but with user fees and private funds.

“It is an extraordinary feat that all of us should be proud of,” Brown said at a December meeting of the City Council, when it awarded a $57.9 million construction contract to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Raleigh.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2019, said Andrew Brown, public relations manager for the coliseum complex.

It then will take several weeks to install and tweak the sound systems, lighting and other equipment, Andrew Brown said.

As a result, planners expect entertainment there to begin in March 2020.

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Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 336-373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.

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